April 22, 2014.

I found a number of cheap and free reads this week. I’ve haven’t read this series, but I’ve heard they are a must read.

 

Two other books caught my attention.

 

The reviews for the above books look great! And better yet, they are all on sale for $0.99!! Grab your copies today!

 

Today’s freebie is a book I’ve reviewed here!

 If you want to try a young adult dystopian book, this book is FANTASTIC.

 
 



April 16, 2014.

I think someone must be playing a joke on me. I woke up to this:

 

Snow 4-14 Snow2 4-14

 

 

It’s snowing so hard, you can’t see the highway at the end of our driveway. We’re expected to get up to 3-5 8-12 inches of snow before it’s done.

 

*sigh*

 

Anyone else miss the sun?

 

 



April 13, 2014.

I’m not a huge fan of the cover, but once I read the blurb, it had everything that I look for in a book. I love urban fantasy, but add a dystopian flavor and zombies, and I’m hooked!

 

 

Title: Vampire’s Hunger (The Awakening Series)

Author: Cynthia Garner

Genre: Dystopian Urban Fantasy Erotic Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Release date: April 2014

Pages: 224

ASBN: B00DTUHN62

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, civilization no longer exists, and only the strongest survive. The few remaining humans must band together with supernatural beings to battle unspeakable evil-or all hope will be lost.

 

Kimber Treat is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift: she can raise the dead. As a necromancer who works with the police, she communicates with murder victims to bring their killers to justice. But after a normal session goes horribly wrong, Kimber realizes she’s summoned something dark and sinister. She’s unwittingly unleashed the apocalypse, and everyone blames her . . . except Duncan MacDonnough, the devastatingly handsome vampire she can’t stop fantasizing about.

 

As society shuts down and flesh-eating hordes close in, Duncan vows to protect Kimber. He can keep her safe from others-but not from the insatiable carnal hunger he feels for her. Now racing to reverse the chaos she’s unleashed, Kimber can’t afford any distractions. But even as she succumbs to Duncan’s seduction, she fears that he has a hidden agenda. And with the line between life and death starting to blur, his secrets might kill her-or worse . . .

 

 

REVIEW:
Kimber, a necromancer with the unique ability to raise the dead, frequently helped the police with their most unsolvable crimes. Only, the last case went horribly wrong…the corpse bit a human. Patient zero seemed fine, until one day he went crazy and started biting others. The last thing anyone expected was for that innocent bit to lead to the apocalypse. Blaming herself, Kimber would do whatever it took to fix the world and her mistake.

 

Duncan had been a vampire for close to a hundred years. During all that time, only Kimber made him feel human again and not a monster. His queen was determined to use Kimber’s ability for her own agenda, not caring that the job would be fatal for any who attempt it. Duncan was willing to do whatever it took to keep Kimber safe, even if it meant going up against his own queen and maker.

 

This book was listed as a Dystopian Urban Fantasy. After reading it, I’d strongly disagree. It’s Erotic Romance. The world building started out great, but never progressed beyond the initial setup. Everything was so focused on Duncan and Kimber hooking up, that little thought was given to the end of the world. It felt like we only skimmed the story and character’s lives. I was never able to connect with either of them. I ended up skimming the second love scene and skipping the third altogether, trying to get back to the story. Only to be severely disappointed when the book just stopped abruptly. Warning: This books is part one, not a full story. I did enjoy some of the humor, flirtations and secondary characters, but there just wasn’t enough to keep me interested. If you like erotic romance with unusual settings, you might enjoy this book. If you’re looking for a gritty urban fantasy set in a dystopian world, I would pass.



April 03, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link:

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #76.

 

The cheap read this week is called Wild About You (Love at Stake) by Kerrelyn Sparks. I haven’t read this book, but I have read others in this series. If you like funny paranormals, this series is for you.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I picked up two books this week: Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars) by Trisha Wolfe & The Thirst Within by Johi Jenkins

I already owned Sophie’s Secret (Whispers) by Tara West.

 



April 01, 2014.

I’m a huge sci-fi television fan, but surprisingly, I don’t read much in that genre. When I stumbled upon The Ophelia Prophecy, I immediately became intrigued! End of the world situation, human mutations mixed with a romantic adventure…sounds right up my alley!

 

 

Title: The Ophelia Prophecy

Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Publisher: Tor Books via NetGalley

Release date: April 2014

Pages: 320

ASBi: B00EGJ3RBK

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters — the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past. 

 

Some of us intend to do more than survive. 

 

Asha and Pax — strangers and enemies — find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

 

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource — information — viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

 

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

 

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

 

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other’s secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.

 

 

REVIEW:

Asha lived her whole life with the strict rules to never leave the walls of her hometown for fear of breaking the uneasy truce with Manti. It’s the only things that have kept the few remaining humans alive. So when she woke up on a beach next to a Manti and no memories of her past, she quickly found herself taken prisoner. On the flight to the Manti home base, they discover a crashed ship. When they set down to investigate, they encountered a brewing rebellion. Asha must decide whom to trust, the Manti so determined to keep her no matter the cost or the humans who would do anything to survive.

 

Pax refused to relinquish the human captive who had so bewitched him, despite the merry chase she led him. Pulled into the secret underground of the Manti world and the human interment camp, they discover that not everything was as it seemed, and a future together will come at a great cost. One wrong move on either side could start the war all over again, this time, exterminating the human species once and for all.

 

Though the beginning of the book intrigued me, the heavy world-building slowed down the pacing. That being said, I loved all the world-building! The alieness of some of the characters was so very vivid that it gave me the creepy-crawlies at times. Well done! I adored the playful personality of Scarab, Pax’s organic ship. The plot was so unpredictable that I couldn’t guess what would happen next. And while the story had a good balance of science and sexual tension, everything seemed to stop when we got to the romance near the end. Ultimately, it was the complex relationships between the characters that really won me over, not to mention the exotic locals were so vividly depicted that I was captivated. If you enjoy sci-fi, don’t miss this fast paced, unique book!

 



March 27, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link:

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #75.

 

The cheap read this week is called Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One by Kevin Hearne. Again, there’s a lot of hype about this book – just looked at all the reviews. I’ve had this book on my tbr pile for a while, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Sale ends today, so hurry and get your copy.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I picked up only one book this week: Rising by Holly Kelly

Some of the books sounded interesting, but the bad reviews kept me away.

 


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March 24, 2014.

I read a lot of historical romance once upon a time. Lately, I’ve found myself picking up more and more of them. What a gorgeous cover for A Wicked Pursuit! Add a wounded hero, an ugly duckling and I had to check it out.

 

 

Title: A Wicked Pursuit: A Breconridge Brothers Novel (The Breconridge Brothers)

Author: Isabella Bradford

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Ballantine Books via NetGalley

Release date: February 2014

Pages: 370

ASIN-10: 0345548124

ISBN-13: 978-0345548122

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected.
 

As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.

 

Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.

 

 

REVIEW:

On a hunt for a bride, Harry found the perfect woman in Lady Julia. She was not only beautiful, but the biggest catch of the season. Unfortunately, when he went to purpose, she’d vanished. Determined to capture her before anyone else, Harry immediately departed for her father’s country estate. A lively chase sent him tumbling from his horse before he could do the deed, destroying both his plans and his leg.

 

Lady August knew her duty, so when Duke of Breconridge suffered an injury on her father’s property, she vowed to see him walk again. Gus wasn’t pretty or accomplished like her sister, so when Harry began flirting with her, she couldn’t help fall a little in love with him. Harry’s antics as he convalesced replaced her calm, country life with the excitement of stolen kisses and forbidden touches. But they couldn’t hide forever, and their idyllic life came to an abrupt end when the outside world intruded. Soon, they’d discover if their love was strong enough to survive the gossip of the Ton…and their own fears.

 

Harry was roguish, a little spoiled, and charming enough that I couldn’t help like him anyway. When he showed Gus that she deserved more than to be hidden away on her father’s estate, I came to adore him. Though the story was very sweet, some of it didn’t suit the time period, not without an ensuring scandal. The only tension in the book was generated between Harry and Gus. I kept waiting for the story to build, but there was no great suspense or mystery to solve. And though I liked Harry, his anger at the end of the book seemed sudden and a bit out of character. By contrast, I thoroughly enjoyed how Gus handled herself and the unusually taciturn Harry. The wrap-up was done perfectly. So, while there were a few minor problems, I enjoyed A Wicked Pursuit.

 



March 20, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link:

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #74.

 

The cheap read this week is called The Iron Duke (Riveted Novel) by Meljean Brook. There’s a lot of hype about this book. It’s the perfect time to pick up a copy if you hadn’t tried it yet.

 

I’m curious…did you find anything that you liked?

 

I picked up four new books, because I’m greedy that way: Deviant (Blood & Roses), Better off Dead, The Girl in the Box & A More Deserving Blackness

 



March 13, 2014.

The cover immediately grabbed my attention. Does the cover model remind anyone else of the vampire Angel? I had to click on the book and find out more.

 

 

Title: Witch Hunt: An Urban Fantasy Mystery (Preternatural Affairs) by SM Reine

Author: SM Reine

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Red Iris Books via NetGalley

Release date: February 2014

Pages: 234

ASIN: B00I9IM9MW

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
A brutal murder.
There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke’s arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun — he was too drunk to remember it — but he knows for a fact that he didn’t kill her. He’s an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn’t hurt people. He saves them. The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

 

The search for a shaman.
Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

 

One risky solution.
Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn’t kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim. She’s just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before. How hard can one more be?

 

 

REVIEW:
Cèsar, an officer for the supernatural, woke up in bed with a vicious hangover and no memories from the previous night. In his search for answers, he discovered his house ransacked and a dead woman in his tub. To make matters worse, all signs pointed to him as being the killer. Desperate to clear his name, Cèsar eluded the cops and hunted down a witch that claimed to be able to speak with the dead. But some people don’t want the real story exposed and would do anything to bury the truth…and them with it.

 

There were a few hiccups in my enjoyment of Witch Hunt. The information dump in the beginning was done in a manner that left me floundering to figure out what was happening. Thankfully, things quickly smoothed out. Cèsar was overwhelmingly male and the peek into his life was both amusing and appalling. This macho man seemed very helpless without a woman to take care of him…and I found myself highly entertained by his antics! The main problem I had was with Isobel. The witch started off strong and spunky, but turned a bit flaky in spots. By the end of the book, the surprised twists about her past took away some of my pleasure in the story.

 

I enjoyed the world building and the view into the male psyche. Witch Hunt had a freshness to it that kept me reading. The book ended in a slight cliffhanger and an option of the series being continued. If you’re looking for a wild, adrenaline-filled ride into the darker side of the magical world, packed with non-stop danger and mystery, you’ll enjoy SM Reine’s latest novel.

 



March 09, 2014.

The weather is finally starting to warm up. Yesterday, we cracked 30 degrees! The whole week is supposed to be nice. I can’t wait!!

 

Since it was so nice, I took the dog for a walk. We spent about an hour outside. What did we do? Me? Enjoyed the sun. The dog? He enjoyed the snow. Or, more precisely, what’s beneath the snow. I guess we don’t have to worry about him getting lost. We just have to follow his trail. lol

 

I wonder what the planes flying overhead think about the patterns in our yard.

 

Snow Dog